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Prepare your future

Doctoral studies comprise more than just research work. One must also take advantage of this time to prepare one's future.

Doctoral studies represent an initial professional experience and should be presented and exploited as such during the PhD holder's job search. Following the student's thesis, he/she possesses a set of skills tha may be applied to new professional environnments. 

Theses skills include :
  • Scientific and technical expertise within a specific domain,
  • The capacity to manage complex problems, to research the unknown and to innovate,
  • Project management and teamwork,
  • Rigour, autonomy, perseverance and the ability to question oneself,
  • Written and oral communication,
  • The capacity to develop and maintain a network
More information on the skills and employability of doctorate holders (survey by Adoc Talent Management)

The University Lyon 1 has set up a dedicated service, SOIE, for the professional integration of students, with a pole specifically for doctorate holders (

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The future of doctorate holders from the Université de Lyon

Each year, the Université de Lyon (to which the NSCo Doctoral School belongs) has carried out a survey on the professional integration of its PhD holders, 2 years following their graduation. These surveys serve as a good indicator of the employability of doctorate holders.

NSCo doctoral school's PhD graduates - Promotion 2009

NSCo doctoral school's PhD graduates - Promotion 2011

Results for all Université de Lyon graduates - Promotion 2013

Résults for all Univeristé de Lyon graduates - Promotion 2014